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Jul 31, 2013 10:00pm PDT
years in prison on the other charges. >>> former nsa contractor edward snowden first leaked classified documents to the media. now the u.s. government says those materials don't need to be secret anymore. national intelligence authorities declassified some of that information today and included the order that required verizon to turn over millions of phone records. meanwhile, senatorses questioned top officials -- senators questioned top officials about the nsa's surveillance powers. >> i believe based on what i have seen that we would place this nation in jeopardy if we eliminated these two programs. >> intelligence officials argue the programs are crucial to national security and that they prevented terrorist attacks. but opponents say the programs cross the line. >>> if you're upset the government may have snooped your phone record, it gets worse. sharon chin tells us about a program called x keyscore. >> reporter: the u.s. government can vacuum up information on nearly everything you do on the internet as you're doing it. the secret program called x keyscore detailed in these class
Aug 1, 2013 10:00pm PDT
. but this picture from russian television, proports the show, the nsa contractor standing with his back to the camera, preparing to leave for an unknown location. snowden's airport departure happened as they showed reporters a document, which allows him to travel freely in russia. it was the ticket snowden needed to safely check out of the small airport hotel he called home for the past 39 days. the antigovernment secrets group, wikileaks, which is assisting snowden, posted his reaction on his website. snowden thanked russia for granting him temporary asylum and took a swipe at the u.s. over the past eight weeks, we have seen the obama administration show no respect for international or domestic laws. in the end, the law is winning. the u.s. government does not see it that way. snowden is a fugitive, wanted on three criminal charges, two under the espionage act. for leaking classified details about data collection programs. snowden has been unapologetic, telling the british newspaper, the guardian, privacy is being trampled in the name of national security. >> when you are -- that is d
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